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Yearly Archives: 2023

How Does The Starter And Battery Work Together

In the realm of automotive mechanics, there's a silent process that unfolds beneath the hood, with two main components—the starter and the battery. This pair starts your engine every time you turn the ignition or press the start button - but how does it all work? Understanding the Starter's Role At the heart of this process lies a small yet powerful motor known as the starter. Its only job is to get the engine turning. The starter coordinates the beginning of the proce ... read more

How Do Tires Grip On Slippery and Icy Terrain

You're driving down a picturesque road enveloped in a blanket of snow, the landscape a serene white canvas. Unexpectedly, the beauty is marred by a patch of ice—your vehicle's nemesis. Your heart races; your grip on the steering wheel tightens. This is the moment where your tires either shine as valiant heroes or falter like forgotten sidekicks. But what exactly gives tires their gripping power when faced with Mother Nature's slick and icy challenges? Understanding Tire Traction The magic begins with understanding tire traction—this isn't just rub ... read more

7 Signs of a Malfunctioning Car Battery

There's nothing quite as frustrating as being stranded with a car that refuses to start, especially when you're already running late or in the midst of a busy day. While a malfunctioning battery can often be the culprit behind such a predicament, recognizing the warning signs beforehand can save you from the inconvenience and stress of unexpected breakdowns. From sluggish starts to flickering lights, your car communicates subtle signals when the battery is on the brink of failure. Sluggish Engine Crank ... read more

What Should I Do To Prepare My Car For The Fall Season In Illinois?

As the vibrant hues of summer foliage give way to the warm, earthy tones of autumn, the landscape in Illinois transforms into a breathtaking masterpiece. However, this picturesque season brings its own set of challenges for car owners. The crisp air, falling leaves, and impending chill serve as gentle reminders that it's time to prepare your vehicle for the change in weather. Step 1: Tire Check and Maintenance As temperatures drop, your tires play a crucial role in maintaining traction and stability on Illinois roads. Inspect your tire tread depth, look for signs of wear ... read more

5 Reasons Why Eating And Driving Is Dangerous

We've all been there – rushing to our next destination, running late, and deciding to grab a quick bite behind the wheel. While it might seem like a time-saver, eating, and driving is a dangerous combination that poses significant risks to both you and others on the road. 1. Distracted Driving When you're enjoying a meal you often find yourself multitasking between managing your food, and drinks and keeping your hands on the steering wheel. This divided attention takes your eyes away from the road making it harder for you to respond quickly to changes in traffic. Even the sligh ... read more

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